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  • Monument Name

    Richard Joshua Reynolds Equestrian Memorial, Winston-Salem

  • Type

    Equestrian Statue

  • Subjects

    Historic Philanthropic Figures

    Industry

  • Creator

    Joseph King, Designer

    Johnson Atelier, Foundry

    Earline Heath King, Sculptor

  • City

    Winston-Salem

  • County

    Forsyth

  • Description

    The monument is a life-size rendering of Richard Joshua Reynolds astride a horse. Depicting a young Reynolds riding into Winston-Salem ready to seek his fortune, the rider faces forward looking to his right while he holds the reins in one hand and his hat in the other. The sculpture sits atop a low rectangular granite plinth mounted on a beveled granite base. A bronze plaque mounted on the front face of the plinth bears a commemorative inscription, and Reynolds' name and dates appear inscribed on the granite of the right face. The sculptor's signature appears on a plaque on the back of the base.

    Images: Front plaque

  • Inscription

    Front, on plaque: RICHARD JOSHUA REYNOLDS / 1850-1918 / IN 1875, THIS YOUNG VIRGINIAN AGED 24 RODE / INTO WINSTON IN SEARCH OF A TOWN IN WHICH / TO BUILD HIS FIRST TOBACCO FACTORY. / THROUGH THE GENEROSITY OF THE CITIZENS OF / WINSTON-SALEM AND FORSYTH COUNTY / THIS MEMORIAL HAS BEEN ERECTED TO HONOR / A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSMAN AND PUBLIC BENEFACTOR.

    Right, on granite: RICHARD JOSHUA REYNOLDS / 1850-1918

  • Dedication Date

    June 25, 1979

  • Decade

    1970s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.096150 , -80.243480 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Richard Joshua Reynolds Equestrian Memorial (sculpture)," #IAS NC000001, Smithsonian Art Inventories Catalog, (accessed December 29, 2013) Link

      "Winston-Salem, North Carolina" in North Carolina Postcard Collection (P052), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, (accessed August 30, 2012) Link

      Gillespie, Michele. 2012. Katharine and R.J. Reynolds : Partners of Fortune in the Making of the New South. Athens: University of Georgia Press.

      Keuffel, Ken. "Earline Heath King, creator of sculptures in Winston-Salem, dies." Winston-Salem Journal, December 13, 2012. journalnow.com, (accessed December 29, 2013) Link

      Tilley, Nannie M. 1994. "Reynolds, Richard Joshua," NCpedia.org, (accessed December 29, 2013) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze, granite

  • Subject Notes

    Richard Joshua Reynolds, founder of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, was born in 1850 in Patrick County Virginia and died in 1918. Following his graduation from Emory and Henry College in Virginia and subsequent time working in his family's tobacco business, he moved to Winston-Salem to build his own business, taking advantage of the rail lines. He built his first factory in the city in 1874 and quickly built his wealth. He married a cousin, Katherine Smith, in 1905, and together the two increased their economic and social reach and became leading philanthropists within their community and North Carolina. Reynolds is also credited with progressive politics and a progressive approach to improving the working conditions in his factories and businesses.

  • Location

    The monument is located on the eastern side of North Main Street on the southestern side of the intersection of North Main Street with 2nd Street East.

  • Landscape

    The statue sits several feet from the sidewalk in a garden area surrounded by trees, shrubs, and seasonal plantings.

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